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Hone Hurihanganui

Arranger, Performer, Māori Composer, Presenter, Composer


Tūhourangi - Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri

Hone's background is in education. He attained a Tohu Mātauranga Māori and Post-Graduate Diploma in teaching and taught for over 30 years.

Hone has held senior leadership positions in the education, health and iwi sectors, including: Director Māori & Pacific at Careers New Zealand, Executive Director Māori at New Zealand Correspondence School, Chief Executive at Rangitāne o Wairarapa Inc, Chief Executive at Whaiora - a health and social services provider and is the current Director of Engaging Well Ltd since 2013.

Hone’s first language is Te Reo Māori and he grew up in Rotorua in and around his elders and marae immersed in Te Ao Māori. He has extensive experience leading and advising in tikanga matters including karakia, whaikōrero, kapa-haka and pōhiri.

Hone is also a playwright, a composer, a performer and enjoys singing with family and friends when the opportunity arises.

Wairarapa College choir 'Cantate' won the 'Big Sing' award for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work with one of Hone compositions, entitled 'Kokorihimako'. This was one of several pieces gifted to 'Cantate' during a practical placement Hone undertook in 1999 while he was completing his graduate diploma of teacher education (secondary).

"Kokorikimako is a type of bird renowned for its beautiful singing voice. Within the song, this also refers to working together to achieve greater success,"

"I am always writing my own stuff, mostly in Māori. I really enjoy listening to people sing in the Māori language."

Together with a large group of New Zealand musicians, including Don McGlashan and Goldenhorse, Hone was invited to be part of a collection of contemporary musicians to compose music to accompany poems by New Zealand poet Hone Tuwhare. The final works went on to become part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival in Wellington with two sell-out seasons.

Hone has a strong association with the music and the performing arts world. Over a 10-year period he became co-ordinator of Māori development with the Wairarapa Community Polytechnic and through this role he became closely associated with organisations such as Toi Whakaari | New Zealand Drama School, Taki Rua Productions and Downstage Theatre.

He has been commissioned to compose music for playwrights such as Hone Kouka, who wrote a trilogy to 'Waiora' performed in the NZ International Festival of Art, England and Hawaii; Riwia Brown, best known for her screenplay of Once Were Warriors; Jamie McCaskill and Miria George for 'He Reo Aroha' directed by Hone Kouka.

Hone also wrote the play entitled 'Hine Kihāwai' for the Te Reo Māori season tour by Taki Rua Productions in 2018. It was originally written in 2003 after Hone father passed away and was entitled 'Āwhina'.

"To me, writing for the Māori language is a celebration of music and culture."

Composed (7)

Kiwi ana

Acoustic, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, 2m 15s

Mau tonu

Acoustic, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, 2m 18s

Moana āio

Acoustic, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, Theatre, 2m 51s


Acoustic, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, 2m 28s

Papa-Tu-A-Nuku (Earth Mother)

Acoustic, Te Reo Māori - From poems by Hone Tuwhare (CD TUWHARE), 2m 29s

Tērā te auahi

Mōteatea, Te Reo Māori, 1m 38s

Whakarauirihia rā

Voice, te reo Māori, 3m 41s

Resources (3)